Just found this out today from someone who called into SnookNook so had to look further into it and it's true. I don't like the idea of a closure free season.
Here's the link: http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/speckled-trout-season-changes-effective-feb-1/
Now all the rednecks are going to wipe them out in the rivers in the NW.
80 days x 50 head x 10 fisherman = 40,000
80 days x 20 head x 10 fisherman = 16,000
Total of 56,000 trout from 15-24"
140 days x 50 head x 10 fisherman = 70,000
140 days x 20 head x 10 fisherman = 28,000
Total of 98,000 trout from 15-24"
That's a 42,000 fish increase!
For the recreational guys to catch 98,000 in year it would take 67 people, fishing every day for 365 days, keeping their 4 fish limit. Knowing how may inshore guys release the majority of the trout they catch it just doesn't seem feasible. IMO they should have left it the way it was...I am curious what the trout fishing will be like 5 years from now.